Mergers and acquisitions

The term mergers and acquisitions concerns the purchase, selling, dividing and consolidation of companies.

The distinction between the two terms has become less clear in recent times. However, a merger generally describes when two companies consolidate to form one entity. An acquisition, on the other hand, is when a company takes over another company and becomes its owner. The company that is taken over still exists as an independent entity, but is controlled by the owner.

In terms of acquisitions, the buyer company either makes a so-called “asset purchase” or an “equity purchase”. An asset purchase is when the buyer acquires the business assets of the target company. Where an equity purchase is concerned, the purchaser buys shares from one or more shareholders in the target company.

Merging or acquiring companies requires astute business acumen, sound financial know-how and strong management skills.

WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE has a range of services to support small, medium-sized and larger companies when considering potential mergers or acquisitions. We advise on:

  • Business restructuring and reorganisation
  • Business purchase agreements
  • Share transfers
  • Private equity financing
  • Asset deals and share deals
  • Business transformation
  • Liquidation
  • Crisis management
  • Business succession plans

The team of German lawyers at WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE can help your business smooth the transition in merger or acquisition transactions. Call us for more information on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0 or use our contact form.


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Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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